Columbia, SC – Focus on Kids, a coalition of over sixty diverse organizations, has come together to urge members of the South Carolina General Assembly to make children’s healthcare their number one priority in the upcoming legislative session. Children’s organizations, faith-based groups, and other advocates have banded together to ensure Medicaid is fully funded in order to protect and improve the lives of our state’s most valuable asset, our youngest citizens, by promoting policies that will optimize their success.
In recessionary times like these, more and more household heads are losing their jobs, leaving not only themselves, but their children, uninsured. Sue Berkowitz, Director of South Carolina Appleseed says “Today, approximately 137,000 of our state’s children do not have health insurance. Out of the 70,000 children for whom the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) could provide coverage only 16,000 children have been enrolled, due to a number of factors including enrollment barriers and lack of publicity.”
“Because of these dire numbers, it is vital that we focus legislators’ attention on essential services, and there is nothing more important than providing health care for our state’s children” added Gail Kinard, Coordinator of Focus on Kids.
Maintaining full funding for CHIP and Medicaid makes both moral and fiscal sense. The federal match for both programs allows our doctors, hospitals and health clinics to provide needed services and to spend money in our local communities which supports jobs and the economy.
Attached is a copy of the letter which Focus on Kids distributed to every member of the South Carolina Legislative body along with a list of the organizations who have signed on to fight to protect CHIP through fully funding Medicaid.
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